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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

Jul 27, 2020

In this special Macro Musings episode, David is back in the spotlight, as he is interviewed by Claudia Sahm, director of macroeconomic policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, as a guest on her *Stay-at-Home Macro Podcast*. David and Claudia discuss nominal GDP targeting at length, as they dive into what it is, why it’s important, and how it could be implemented in the wake of COVID-19. They also talk about the communication problems related to introducing NGDP targeting as well as David’s proposal for reforming the Fed’s current policies.

 

Special thank you to Claudia for letting us air this episode as a part of the Macro Musings catalog!

 

Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings

 

David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth

David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

David’s Mercatus profile: https://www.mercatus.org/scholars/david-beckworth

 

Claudia’s Twitter: @Claudia_Sahm

Claudia’s Equitable Growth profile: https://equitablegrowth.org/people/claudia-sahm/

 

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Link to the original podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rHBQ-o8vDA

Homepage for Claudia’s podcast: http://macromomblog.com/sahmpodcast/

 

*Facts, Fears, and Functionality of NGDP Level Targeting* by David Beckworth

https://www.mercatus.org/publications/monetary-policy/facts-fears-and-functionality-ngdp-level-targeting

 

*Measuring Monetary Policy: the NGDP Gap* by David Beckworth

https://www.mercatus.org/publications/monetary-policy/measuring-monetary-policy-ngdp-gap

 

*COVID-19 Pandemic, Direct Cash Transfers, and the Federal Reserve* by David Beckworth

https://www.mercatus.org/publications/covid-19-policy-brief-series/covid-19-pandemic-direct-cash-transfers-and-federal

 

*NGDP Targeting and the Public* by Carola Binder

https://www.cato.org/cato-journal/spring/summer-2020/ngdp-targeting-public